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    I recall reading that it's wrong to steal pictures from other websites for articles, but I've seen pictures from other websites on here. Was the rule changed recently?

    I would like to include pictures in my articles in the future, but I don't know if I can.
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      The way I see it, who cares? It's a friggin picture and they make it publically viewable so it's up for grabs. If they are that concerned over their images, let them copyright them. I assure you that a vast majority of images and clips that people are so concerned about being leeched are, themselves, in violation of at least one copyright law anyway. I especially like when someone whines about someone circulating a video capture or clip of "their's". People actually complain about people "stealing" their "stolen" goods. The world is funny.
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        I believe in mostly creating my own content for articles, with page scans or photos or screen caps. That's probably why I have hardly any articles up. :lol:

        It looks bad when people just grab a whole heap of images off Google Images and make a list of the top 10 whatevers.
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          I've struggled with this question alot, especially with my latest article--the Swimsuit Spectacular. It's the main reason I opened it the way I did. In fact, none of my articles would exist if I didn't get them from websites. I'm a writer not an artist. All I can say for sure is I've never pulled a picture from an "official website" (e.g. www.dccomics.com) that the characters I put in my articles belong to. I always pull them from fan shrines or fan sites. I figure if they come after me for copyright problems, they have to go after the guys I got it from first--bigger fish.

          Also, I have never shown anything but love and respect for the characters in my articles. And all of my articles promote these characters presence in my readers' psyches and I make zero money--so, in a way, I'm helping the companies responsible for these characters. I don't know if this justifies anything, but I feel it's worth mentioning.

          Everyone knows, whether they like it or not, if you put a pic on the net, it will be taken. If you don't know this, you're a fool. In fact, a pic downloads onto my computer the second I come to a webpage. If a cop busts into my house while I'm looking at a web page and find the pics on my computer, should he take me to jail? Only some big time porn sites seem to have the security to block the mighty Google. If you don't want your pictures taken, don't post them or get the security you need to protect them. Otherwise, it's like telling sharks to ignore blood.

          Imagine what the Internet would be like with every fansite, fanfiction, unnoficial artwork, unlisenced episode intro, unlisenced graphic, etc were removed. I very much doubt this site would even exist. And I imagine The Internet would be about as fun as a LAW textbook.

          Well, that's my two cents.

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            • 8 years 2 months ago
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            I built a website 8 or 9 years ago and really slaved to get tons of rare photos scanned for it. I fully expected some of the pictures to get snagged and used on other sites... but all of a sudden there were 10 sites with no original content whatsoever, just galleries full of the photos from my site. That royally pissed me off, so I started slapping logos on the scans (which I never wanted to do). In any event, I never actually owned the copyright on the vast majority of the pictures, so there was nothing I could do about it anyway.

            I don't see a problem with snagging a couple of pictures for an article, if need be. Personally, I like to try to make my own, but that's not always possible (my scanner broke and there's a couple DVDs that I can't seem to get caps from no matter how I try). One of my upcoming articles has a combo of new screen-caps and some googled pics.
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              This is sort of a touchy subject. Always try to use your own photos if possible. If you do have to snag one or two, try to email the webmaster of the site you found them on and ask permission. If it comes down to it and you don't have a choice, try to snag pictures that are pretty common and not something that is obviously unique to one site. And definately don't snag original, copyright protected images.
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                Jason43 wrote:
                If it comes down to it and you don't have a choice, try to snag pictures that are pretty common and not something that is obviously unique to one site. And definately don't snag original, copyright protected images.


                I've snagged a couple video box-covers and posters -- things that nobody's gonna care about. As for "official sites," at least when it comes to movies and TV, the pics that they post are generally the same ones that they release to the press for use, so you shouldn't get any crap for using those. Of course, comic book sites would be an entirely different issue...
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